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KM Self-Assessment

KM Strategy
Level 5
(The way we

Level 4

Level 3

Level 2

Level 1



Learning before,
during and after

Capturing knowledge

Clearly identified Intellectual

KM strategy is embedded in the
business strategy.
Framework and tools enable
learning before, during and

Leaders recognise the link

between KM and performance
The right attitudes exist to
share and use others knowhow.
Leaders reinforce the right
behaviour and act as role

Clearly defined roles and

Networks have a clear purpose,
some have clear deliverables
others develop capability in the
Networks ensure time is set
aside for social interaction.

Prompts for learning built into

business processes.
People routinely find out who
knows and talk with them.
Common language, templates
and guidelines lead to effective

Knowledge is easy to get to,

easy to retrieve. Relevant
knowledge is pushed to you.
It is constantly refreshed and
Networks act as guardians of
the knowledge.

Discussions ongoing about

organisations Intellectual
A KM strategy exists but is not
yet linked to business results.
A clear framework and set of
tools for learning is widely
communicated and understood.

KM is everyones responsibility;
a few jobs are dedicated to
managing knowledge.
Knowledge sharing is power.
Leaders set expectations by
asking the right questions,
and rewarding the right

Networks are organised around

business needs.
Networks have clear terms of
Systems and technology are in
place and are well used

Learning before, during and

after is the way we do things
around here.
Customers and partners
participate in review sessions.

Just-in-time-knowledge is
current and easily accessible.
One individual distils,
condenses and updates it,
though many contribute.
That individual acts as the

People are networking to get

Networks are created

People can easily find out what

the organisation knows.
Examples of sharing and using
are recognised.
Peers are helping peers across
organisational boundaries.

Networks take responsibility for

the knowledge, collects their
subjects knowledge in one place
in a common format.
Searching before doing is
Little or no distilling and

Ad hoc networking to help

individuals who know each

People learn before doing and

schedule review sessions.
They capture what they learn
for others to access.
In practice few do access it.

Teams capture lessons learned

after a project.
Teams look for knowledge
before starting a project.
Access to lots of knowledge,
though not summarised.

Knowledge hoarders seem to

get rewarded.

People are conscious of the

need to learn from what they
do but rarely get the time.
Sharing is for the benefit of the

Some individuals take the time

to capture their lessons in any
number of cupboards and
They are rarely refreshed, few
contribute, even fewer search.

There is no framework or
articulated KM strategy.
Some job descriptions include
knowledge capture, sharing and
People are using a number of
tools to help with learning and

KM is viewed as the
responsibility of a specialist
Some leaders talk the talk, but
don't always walk the walk!

Most people say sharing knowhow is important to the

organisations success.
People are using some tools to
help with learning and sharing

Some managers give people the

time to share and learn, but
there is little visible support
from the top.

A few people express that

know-how is important to the
Isolated people with a passion
for KM begin to talk and share
how difficult it is.

KM viewed as a management
fad. Leaders are sceptical as to
the benefits.
Leaders think networking leads
to lack of accountability.
"Knowledge is power"